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Biggest Things in the Universe 

Compared to the largest things in the universe galaxies are trifles compared to super clusters, voids, lyman alpha blobs, and the cosmic web. But even among the smaller objects such as ... See full summary »

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Erik Thompson ...
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Himself - American Museum of Natural History
Matt Malkan ...
Himself - Univ. of California, Los Angeles
Laura Danly ...
Herself - Griffith Observatory
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Herself - Caltech
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Herself - JPL
Rob Roy Britt ...
Himself - Livescience.com
Nate McCrady ...
Himself - Univ. of California, Los Angeles
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Compared to the largest things in the universe galaxies are trifles compared to super clusters, voids, lyman alpha blobs, and the cosmic web. But even among the smaller objects such as stars and planets, some are mind boggling by human standards. Written by David Foss

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15 April 2008 (USA)  »

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Impressive overview of the "big kahunas".
6 October 2015 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

In the beginning, there was darkness..." - what's with the biblical quotes? In another couple of minutes the narrator claims that dark matter is estimated to make up 90% of the total mass in the Universe. Wrong; DM is estimated to amount to 90% of the total MATTER, but only 23-26% of the mass (mass-energy). Taking into account that the series had a whole episode on dark matter only a little while back, this is an egregious error.

The rest of the episode is excellent, though. The largest object in the Universe is proposed to be the "cosmic web" of dark matter. The intersections of this web contain galaxy superclusters, the biggest of which is currently thought to be Shapley (400 million light-years across). Next, we look at giant voids (biggest - Bootes), Lyman-alpha blobs (that aggregate into even more gigantic structures), the largest galaxies (cluster-diffuse), and galactic radio lobes.

Furthermore, the documentary covers the largest individual objects: black holes (supermassive ones can go up to 10 billion Suns' worth in mass), red hypergiant stars (2000 times larger than the Sun), the heaviest stars, and the largest known planet (TrES-4).

In conclusion, the episode surveys the hugest structures in our own Solar System, such as the moon Ganimed, the Olympus Mons volcano, and the Oort Cloud surrounding the Solar System.

9/10.


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